I watched Alexandre Aja's remake of THE HILLS HAVE EYES tonight, and I have to say, I was damn impressed. I absolutely loathed HAUTE TENSION, but even more than that I absolutely deplore this recent wave of uncreative, boring horror remakes (in fact, I think I swore off watching them a ways back). But I really think they delivered some genuine ass-kicking atmosphere and tension this time around.
Of course, there were the usual nitpicky gripes, but I didn't let them scratch my skin too deeply. For example, how did that campfire outside the trailer burn so voluptuously all night if no one was outside manning it? After camping last weekend, my memories of fire upkeep are still quite fresh. It's like a full-time job keeping a respectable fire alive. That thing was like The Neverending Campfire of Flaming Glory.
But I digress.
But I like digressing.
The only other instance where I can remember being pleasantly surprised by the horror remake is THE RING. All the rest are completely pointless. That said, I suppose the same thing could be said for THE HILLS HAVE EYES 2006, but at least they brought something new to the table (A-level acting, a striking blend of CGI/special effects/actual stunts, and a new third act that explains the killers' ghastly mutations).
Don't get me wrong, I'm not calling the Academy or anything. I'm just saying, it's nice to see a genre film that delivers on its promise.
In other news, the rain in Maryland is becoming downright Biblical. It just... keeps... coming...